MYSORE, India (CMC):Spinners Nikita Miller and Veerasammy Permaul steered West Indies A to a 162-run victory over India A yesterday to take a 1-0 lead in the first four-day game of the three-match series.
Miller took five for 40 and Permaul three for 56 as the home side was bowled out for 152. Off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine also chipped in with two for 29.
Earlier, the West Indies A declared their second innings on the overnight total of 130, setting India A a 315-run target.
The West Indies A spinners then ran through the hosts line-up in 85.4 overs on the final day to get off to a winning start in the series.
Miller got the ball rolling with the wicket of Lokesh Rahul, while Permaul followed up with the wicket of Jiwanjot Singh.They continued to strike at regular intervals, not letting India A get a foot in the door.
Although Manprit Juneja put up a valiant fight with a 193-ball 70-run knock prolonging the India A innings, he couldn't find enough support at the other end to carry the team through to a possible draw.
last to depart
Juneja, who was also the top-scorer for his team in the first innings, was the last man to depart, trapped leg-before by Miller.
The two teams will now play from October 2 to 5.
Scores: West Indies A 429 (K. Brathwaite 92, K. Edwards 91, A. Fudadin 86, P. Rasool 5/116) & 130/3 (K. Powell 68); India A 245 (M. Juneja 84, V. Permaul 5/85, N. Miller 4/61) & 152 (M. Juneja 70, N. Miller 5/40, V. Permaul 3/56, D Deonarine 2/29).